Michael (Todd) Bates, PhD

  • Professor of Theology
  • Dean, School of Christian Thought


  • PhD, University of Texas, Arlington
  • MDiv, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
  • BA, University of Central Florida

Courses Taught

  • Systematic Theology
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Apologetics

Teaching Focus

Dr. Bates’ primary teaching focus is philosophical and practical theology. He is particularly interested in the interaction between Christianity and culture in its many expressions over time, from the classics and early Christianity to postmodernism and beyond.




Christian Psychotherapy in Context (Routledge 2019). Co-authored with Joshua Knabb, Eric Johnson, and Timothy Sisemore.

Knabb, J. J., Vazquez, V. E., Wang, K. T., & Bates, M. T. (2018, June 25). “Unknowing” in the 21st Century: Humble Detachment for Christians With Repetitive Negative Thinking. Spirituality in Clinical Practice.

“Transhumanism,” in Worldview Study Bible, David Dockery and Trevin Wax, gen. ed. B & H Publishing Group.

“The Problem of Evil,” “Archetype,” Transmigration,” in The Evangelical Dictionary of World Religions. H. Wayne House, ed. Baker Books, 2018.

 Additional Information

After spending many years as a pastor, Dr. Bates is passionate about the local church and helping people love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Dr. Bates is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and serves on the steering committee for the Christ and Culture program unit. He is also a member of the Polanyi Society and AAR. His research interests are broad and include almost anything related to St. Augustine, particularly Augustine’s view of language.

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